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Confused By ‘Enquirer’ Parks Levy Endorsement

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The election’s done, but I’m still puzzling over the Enquirer endorsement of the parks levy. From what the two endorsement editorials said about the park board, its president Otto Budig and Mayor John Cranley, I expected Enquirer opposition to the levy.

Copycat Crimes and Coverage

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
A common lapse involves “blackbird journalism.” It takes its name from birds sitting on a utility wire. When one flies off, the rest usually follow.   

One-Source Story Blues

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Repeat after me: Wall Street saved Main Street. Wall Street saved Main Street. That’s the mantra of the mainstream press and Wise White Men whom they always quote when events turn sour.  

Journalists Dig into the Actual Police-Shooting Numbers

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Some serious journalists are counting people shot and killed by police and police who are murdered by people they are sworn to protect and serve.

Donald Trump Is Great Summer Copy

0 Comments · Friday, September 4, 2015
The Donald is the perfect antidote to perennial August news doldrums.   

Missed Stories

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Recent news stories remind me of places I’ve worked as a photojournalist, reporter or editor… and how they exploded when I wasn’t there.

Acceptable Risks

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart understands his audience.

Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Thursday, July 23, 2015
If overwhelming talent and performance aren’t enough to outsell “slender, blonde,” that’s the story is and the Times missed it.

Conventional Wisdom and Language

0 Comments · Thursday, July 9, 2015
Listening to Morning Edition on WVXU, I was struck by a black Baptist pastor’s word choice when asked about the Supreme Court 5-4 ruling on same-sex marriage. He helped crystalize something that has been bothering me about the whole debate: “Holy matrimony.”  

The Slippery Slope of Journalistic Ethics

0 Comments · Thursday, June 25, 2015
Journalists live on a slippery slope when it come to ethics. 

Surprise, Surprise

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
It’s no surprise when reporters are surprised by a major breaking story on their beats.

Considering Bias

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Bias — choosing sides in how something is reported — can be overt or subtle. More often, the appearance of bias is the issue. To most people, it’s a distinction without a difference.   

Brutality and Frequency Distinguish ISIS Executions

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
I call it ISIS Porn. That’s the online stream of public beheadings, mutilations and stonings.  

Check It Out

0 Comments · Thursday, April 23, 2015
Failures to embrace the ethical obligation to “check it out” can misdirect or undermine public policy with sometimes deadly effects.  

Avoidable Errors Erode Confidence in 'Enquirer'

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Pointing out Enquirer errors — mistaken information that local copy editors would have caught in the Good Old Days — used to be a guilty pleasure. Today, repeated lapses raise a serious question.